In case you weren’t aware, Britney Spears can’t sing

October 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Leaked to the net:
Somebody on her sound team screwed up and left a mic recording without going through the mixer first. Holy crap does she suck without all the enhancements.
Seriously, your worst drunken co-worker karoake singer is probably better than this chick.
But then, we knew that, right?

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Today’s Taste Tests – Bad Chese, Bad Beer

October 14, 2008 at 10:27 pm (Uncategorized)

Camembert Cheese

Bought this on a whim today.
It’s a light-colored, light tasting cheese. It has a sort of waxy coating, which I’m not sure if you’re supposed to remove before eating or not – the image on package showed a slice sitting on top of a cracker, waxy coating and all, so I assume that’s the way it’s meant to be eaten.
What’s sad though is the cheese itself pretty much tastes like the waxy coating, and sort of has the same consistency.
That said, it might be trying to eat it by itself that was a problem – it has such a light taste that it might take something like a wine or fruit or something to bring out the taste. May try that, but I’m not expecting anything great out of this one.

Berghoff Rock River Red Ale

Another “on a whim” purchase, I bought this in hopes of what might be a semi-local version of an Irish red beer. See, the Rock River is a fairly large river that runs through this area.

I was, in short, very dissapointed.
First off, it’s not red. At all. Not even close. It’s really sort of the color of watered-down cola.
And it taste like… how to put this… shit.
Seriously, it tastes horrible. As in I literally had trouble finishing the bottle, practically having to choke it down.

I’m actually wondering – in fact almost hoping, for their sake – if maybe I got a bad batch. Because I mean, seriously, this stuff is among the worst I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some awfully shitty beers in my time.

And by the way, no, the beer did not enhance the flavor of the cheese 😛

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While on the subject of folk songs: Italy

October 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm (Uncategorized)

Not long after spending hours looking through music, lyrics, and chords for Irish folk music, I had the idea that while looking into all this stuff it might not be a bad idea to check out my own heritage, and look up some Italian folk or pub songs along with the Irish ones (I’m not fully Italian, but I’m more Italian than anything else, so I tend to stick with that).

I’ve run into a lot of trouble with it. What the Irish consider to be folk music and what the Italians consider to be folk music appear to be completely different. A search for “Italian folk songs” also comes up with a discouraging few hits, both through Google and other places like YouTube – you usually get a very select few songs, and if you’ve ever been in an Italian restaurant or watched any movie with an Italian theme, you’ve probably heard them. Most appear to be on either side of a spectrum – either they are really hyper pieces designed for dancing (the Italian version of a jig or polka, I guess), or they’re slow and depressing. There doesn’t seem to be much room for just “simple and fun” in the world of Italian folk music (although this article would seem to argue that this is due to a pathetic stereotyping here in the States, and claims that there is much more interesting Celtic inspired Italian folk music that has been sadly ignored here for the most part).

My searches did come up with a short list of what are allegedly Italian drinking songs, but alas, it highlights another downfall – the fact that I don’t know Italian. I have no idea what these songs are saying, and running them through Google’s language translator doesn’t give much back – it seems to get confused by words being in song structure rather than in sentence form.

Ah well – it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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A few songs I think I may try to learn to play

October 11, 2008 at 2:22 am (Uncategorized)

You know, when I have the time to learn. On top of the more mainstream stuff I’m already trying to learn. Pffffffshya. Like that’s gonna happen any time soon.

Galway Girl:

Beer Beer Beer!

Seven Drunken Nights

The Pub With No Beer

The Moonshiner

Fisherman’s Blues

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Friday Update

October 10, 2008 at 8:11 pm (Uncategorized)

Tooth is still sore. 😦

Think I did OK on the history mid-term this morning. Not great or anything, but decent enough. We shall see.

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Root Canals: They Suck

October 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm (Uncategorized)

You know, LabGirl was somehow blessed with perfect teeth. She’s in her late 20’s and has never had a single cavity. About the most uncomfortable thing she’s had to go through at a dentist is having plaque cleaned off of her teeth.

I, on the other hand, seem to be cursed. Part of that is likely, to be fully open, a result of my hatred and distrust of dentists, and my resulting hesitation to go see one unless I have to. Plus for a little while lack of insurance and/or having jobs that were impossible to take time off from for appoints all added up.
Anyway, last year I got two cavities in molars at the bottom-rear of my mouth, one on each side. Both resulted in a break of the tooth’s upper crown.
After this happened, I didn’t have a regular dentist so I just made an appointment with a large dental group not far from work, figuring if it’s a large successful group it was likely they had staff that knew what they were doing.
Yeah, I was wrong. The place is called Dental Dreams. Yes, it should be renamed Dental Nightmares. Holy shit. This was the place I went to, and the dentist was kinda rude, and it was busy so he seemed to be rushing things, and his assistant wasn’t paying attention to what she was doing so I’d lay there choking on debris at the back of my mouth while she stared off somewhere – all while their open layout (no doors) allowed me to listen to a 12-ish year old boy scream and sob while they drilled on him. Oh, and their administrative staff are about as bright as a sack of hammers as well.
It took me over a year to go back to a dentist again to fix the other side, and I really only broke down at that point because it finally started to hurt.
The first side was able to be taken care of using a filling. However, neglecting to fix the other side allowed the damage to compile over time, and it ended up being root canal treatment. Yay.

Monday I went in, they took an x-ray, said something along the lines of “Yup, gonna need some work,” and they gave me a prescription for some antibiotics and had me come back in a few days.
Well, today I went back, and got the work done.

You know, I was reading online that root canal therapy shouldn’t be considered a big deal (pain wise) any more because of advances in anesthesia, and LabGirl had mentioned that a coworker told her that “it doesn’t really hurt once it’s numb.” So I was hopefully it wouldn’t be bad.
But you see, the “once it’s numb” part is the problem. My body is just naturally novacain-resistant or something. When I had the more shallow cavity filled, they had to shoot me up with novocain three times before it really made a difference. Three times.
This time, I had to be shot up twice, directly in the place where it really hurts to get poked by a needle (there’s a thick bundle of nerves near where your upper & lower jaw connect in the back), along with a couple of stabs in the side of the gums by the tooth just for good measure. And I could still feel it. I could feel as he drilled into it. I could smell the burning of the enamel as the friction of the drill bit in. I could feel as he dug into it and scraped out the pulp, scraping along the inner sides of the tooth as he did so. I could feel as he sprayed water and air into it to clean it out. I could feel as he injected a filler material, and I could feel as he pressed the temporary capping material into place. (Yes, it’s not done yet, I get to go back in a couple of weeks to get a new crown for it).
While all this was happening, through most of it I closed my eyes and I tried to meditate, to take my mind away from it. I used the meditation technique of concentrating on my breathing – really paying attention to my breathing, taking full note of when I breathe in, how long it takes, how the air fills my lungs. Made a mental note about how tough it is to meditate while someone is drilling into your skull. Tried to concentrate more. I thought about how I needed to do this. For me. Because I’m actually really fond of my teeth, and when I end up losing the first one it will probably be a bit traumatic. And how it could also be for LabGirl, as I’m sure kisses from a guy without teeth problems is preferred. And oddly, thought about LabGirl in terms that had no naughtiness to them whatsoever – man, my head really must have been clouded.
After being drilled, poked, prodded, and packed for nearly 45 minutes, I was sent on my way, along with a pack of 400mg ibuprofen and a suggestion that I might want to start on taking it before the novacain completely wears off.

Oh, and on top of all that I have homework to do tonight and what looks like it will probably be a bitch of a midterm tomorrow that I have to study for.

Comfort food time – I already had a Guinness, and now I’ve got cookies baking in the oven. My diet can kiss my butt this week.

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Slaughter The World

October 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm (Uncategorized)

OMG, Graumagus would SO appreciate this one – (of course, he SO needs internet access and a computer, but still)…

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The Internet is for…. (kinda NSFW)

October 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm (Uncategorized)

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Listening to the prez debate…

October 7, 2008 at 9:33 pm (Political Ponderings)

And I think it’s helped solidify my voting decision:

I just ordered a bumper sticker too.

God both of those guys annoy the crap out of me.

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Start to a crappy week

October 6, 2008 at 10:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Yay.
Today I completed my online mid-term exam for my art class – got a 90%.
Thursday I get to have a root canal. YAY.
Friday is the mid-term for my history class, which sounds like it will be a bitch.
Still have the usual amount of reading assignments and so on to do.
Have to figure out what I’m cooking for the weekly home-cookin’ night with LabGirl, and then find time to actually buy the stuff and cook it, and somewhere find time to un-disgustify the apartment before she comes over.

Stress levels are kinda [……/..].

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